INSTALLATION ONGOING

CCTV cameras to tame theft in Baringo hospital

Installation of the 24-hour CCTV cameras at the facility is ongoing

In Summary
  • Two people found stealing assorted drugs and medical supplies of unknown value from the hospital were arrested
  • The suspects, an officer and an accomplice were nabbed by security guards manning the facility while trying to stuff drugs in their bags

Baringo government has moved to curb rampant theft of drugs at the Baringo County Referral Hospital in Kabarnet. 

Installation of the 24-hour CCTV cameras at the facility is ongoing.

Health chief officer Winnie Bore said stern action will be taken against staff found culpable.

“We are committed to ensuring that residents get quality services in all health facilities and we will not tolerate anybody derailing the agenda for selfish gain," she said.

Two people caught stealing assorted drugs and medical supplies of unknown value from the hospital were arrested.

The suspects were nabbed by security guards manning the facility.

Medical Superintendent Dr Gerishom Abakalwa said security officers reported that a stranger, accompanied by a medical practitioner, would enter the hospital at night and leave early in the morning  with a bag full of unknown items.

It is after the report that the management set the trap to catch the suspects.

“On the fateful day, the security officers requested to check the stranger's bag only to find drugs. They immediately alerted officers from Kabarnet police station who rushed to the facility and arrested the two,” Abakalwa said.

“We have now stepped up day and night surveillance at the hospital to deal with the problem.” 

County police commander Julius Kiragu said one of the suspects is a doctor who was on duty and the other one a former intern.

“A search in the intern's house saw arresting officers recover drugs and medical supplies,” he said.

Health executive Solomon Sirma promised to turn around services the facility which have been wanting for the past eight years.

He said the hospital is committed to ensuring that the hospital gets value for what they pay for.

Currently, the hospital has only 12 specialised doctors, forcing it to refer patients to Elgeiyo Marakwet and Uasin Gishu counties.

There has been a public outcry over service delivery at the facility which has resulted in loss of lives.

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